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5 Things You Should Know Before Hiring a Lawyer

Facing criminal charges in the state of Florida can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. Since our criminal justice system is exceptionally harsh, it's vital that you take the matter of selecting an attorney very seriously since you are leaving your future and your liberty in their hands.

There are five crucial elements to consider when you are going through the attorney selection process. These important elements are what make up a good attorney, an attorney who you can place your faith in to protect your best interests all throughout the criminal process.

The five things you should learn about a Miami criminal defense attorney before hiring them are:

  • Experience (Are they former prosecutors?)
  • Accessibility (Are they readily available to answer your questions?)
  • Reputation (What kind of reputation have they established?)
  • Exclusive in Criminal Defense (Are they exclusive in criminal defense?)
  • Successful Case Results (Do they have a proven track record of success?)

What We Offer

At Hagar & Schwartz, P.A., both of our attorneys are former state prosecutors who have previously worked on the "other side" of the law. Attorney John S. Hager was a prosecuting attorney for Broward County and attorney Brett M. Schwartz was a prosecutor for Miami-Dade. As former prosecutors, we draw from our unique prospective and experience to the benefit of each one of our clients which we use to their advantage during negotiations and in court.

Since working on innumerable misdemeanor and felony cases, we have come to understand the high level of stress and anxiety that follows an arrest. For this reason, we take pride in the fact that we make ourselves accessible to our clients and prospective clients 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week to answer any questions they may have about their arrest or their case. In fact, we provide our cellular numbers so we can be reached directly by our clients; we find that this availability helps provide reassurance during difficult and uneasy times.

As former state prosecutors who strictly practice criminal defense all throughout Miami, Broward County, Miami Dade County, and all throughout South Florida, we have personally handled thousands of cases in the state and federal courts. We have built a solid reputation for providing tenacious, aggressive, and superior representation to all of our clients.

When you are choosing an attorney to defend you against criminal charges, you are going to want to choose somebody who practices exclusively criminal defense. While there are other law firms who cover a number of practice areas, it's impossible for multiple-service firms to devote all their time to criminal defense representation. At our firm, we practice exclusively criminal defense which allows us to sharpen our skills and enhance our successful case results with each and every case we take on.

Having handled thousands of cases all throughout South Florida, we have garnered a reputation for being an aggressive and dedicated law firm. We are result driven in all that we do, and our clients' success is the motivation in all that we do. If you are facing criminal charges in Miami or another part of South Florida, we urge you to contact our firm today!

Client Reviews

  • B. D.

    I will be forever grateful.

  • Erika

    Couldn't have done it without him!

  • Sara

    I strongly recommend John Hager.

  • Rachel

    So grateful to have found Brett Schwartz!

  • Beverley

    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

  • Brett Schwartz is the GOAT ( Greatest Of All Time)

    A law firm of honor, integrity and devotion to service.

  • Araceli

    Great Representation

  • Andrea

    Great experience! Dismissed my case!

  • Arthur S

    Thanks & Appreciation

  • John

    Here is a lawyer you can trust

    John saved it all!

  • Bradley B

    Thanks Brett...sound strategy and a willingness to go the extra mile made all the difference!

  • Kevin

    Case Dismissed! Thanks John

  • Jill

    SCORE!!! John exceeded our expectations

  • Darlene

    Top Notch! I cannot say enough about Attorney Hager

  • Carlos

    Honest and hard worker

  • Mary

    Best lawyer I came across!

  • Justyn

    Excellent representation

    Very Satisfied and Thankful client

  • Cil Cindy

    Simply the Best !! - Outstanding Legal Services - Hager & Schwartz

  • Michael

    I thoroughly recommend Brett Schwartz as a defense attorney.

  • Lisbeth

    Should you ever need a defense attorney, he is the person to contact.

  • Sally

    If you need help go see Brett!

  • Jeanette

    I am truly a fan!

  • Mario

    I Highly Recommend Brett

  • Cynthia

    He was always polite, and would try and calm our fears.

  • Tim

    I would absolutely recommend him to anyone

    I was lucky to have Mr. Schwartz as my lawyer

  • Katie

    Brett Schwartz is one of the best attorneys

  • Carie

    Mr. Schwartz made the miracle happen

  • Steven

    John Hager is someone of high integrity

  • Carie

    Thank you John for giving me back my life

Recognition & Accolades

  • SuperLawyers - 2017
  • SuperLawyers - 2018
  • SuperLawyers - 2019
  • 100 Nation's Top Attorneys
  • MartindaleHubbel - 2017
  • Martindale Hubbel - 2018

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